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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-03-2008, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Need HELP...my manhood is in jeopardy!

The wife and I are expecting child #2 here shortly, and now she wants to trade in the Commander and get a ...the Honda Odyssey.

Her reasoning is that it would be a real hassle for people getting into the third row seating with 2 carseats in the middle row. Are there any tricks to the trade, does the middle seat comeout, or any info that I can sell to her that would help her change her mind?

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Remind her that the kids are not always young and the Commadner is a long term investment. Also consider the economy and effects of trading a low demande vehicle in the current climate.





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Tell her that dealing with the hassle is worth it considering the bath you would take on trading it in. Make an appeal to her economic side...
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Also point out that having 4 wheel drive is a good thing to have for the safety of your kids. Being in the windy city and all. the snow
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I feel for you. I came from an 03 Town and Country before my Commander. The van drove great and had a lot of great options, but I counted the days until I could get the Commander. I had an 01 GC before the van. I cannot imagine going from a Commander to a van.

I also have two kids. I argued that we needed 4X4 to be safe. I live in Indiana and I had the van stuck more than a few times on our roads. I would also explain that you won't gain any seating. It is difficult for someone to get into our backseats, but in the last 18 month my rear seats have been used three times. I don't know how many times you haul extra passengers. The economic argument is good too. Stand your ground. When you get worn down, just picture your friends making fun of you. "Hey soccerdad, are your driving?"
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Heck, get a new wife, LOL. My wife wanted to get the Commander because she's worried that if we have twins in addition to our current 2 yr old, she wanted to have enough room. We traded up from her JK Renegade, it's suited us well. No way I'd go to a minivan, trading in a Commander now that was purchased new is economic suicide. Driving a minivan would make you want real suicide. JMHO
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I think the economics alone would kill the idea.
Frankly, with the trade beating you would take you'd probably be better off adding a vehicle, rather than trading.
And as rockymountain said, even with front drive those things get stuck pretty easy.
I live next door in Desplaines so you and I experience the same weather.
Do you really find yourself hauling other adults?
If so, I don't think they'll want to join you again once they've experienced the third row.
Best of luck on this one, but sadly the emotional mind(FEMALE) rarely can see the black and white logic(MALE)
And please ladies, that is not a knock on you. Men and Women rarely see things of this nature from the same angle.

Good luck on this one, Stretch, but I think your odds of success are currently the same as the Cubby's,
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I totally agree with almost everyone here. This is NOT the time to consider going 'upside down' on your vehicle. If she wants the minivan, let her have it...but don't bother considering 'trade-in'. You're just ready to be laughed at. Anything considered to roll to a dealership and be a 'trade-in', ...you'll lose every time. The demand for even a used SUV is not really out there these days, so you'll get jipped. Keep your guard up, and factor in the reliability you'll need to drive around in the windy city. I haven't exactly driven around there, but have had friends from there complain bout driving in the winter. That's prob why I live down south...way south . I'm happy w/ my RWD XK...well, it's the 'WIFEY'S' ride, but it's under my name...heh.
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Not to be a downer, but if the commander is your primary transportation and you would be hauling your children and other people, she's right. A minivan is much better suited. I like the Jeep, I do, but man, Minivans are practical. The commander isn't really children friendly. Lack of rear seat legroom, minimal entry space on the 2nd row floor, and high entry height don't mix well with children, or adults needing to ride back there.

Also, you can lord having to give up your Jeep over her for quite some time.

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Not to be a downer, but if the commander is your primary transportation and you would be hauling your children and other people, she's right. A minivan is much better suited. I like the Jeep, I do, but man, Minivans are practical. The commander isn't really children friendly. Lack of rear seat legroom, minimal entry space on the 2nd row floor, and high entry height don't mix well with children, or adults needing to ride back there.

Also, you can lord having to give up your Jeep over her for quite some time.
I am a Mr. Mom and I haul around my 4 kids with my CJ just fine. I had a mini van before and there is not that much difference.

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